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Photographing Challenging Features

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Shoot: Oily Skin

Lindsay Adler

Photographing Challenging Features

Lindsay Adler

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25. Shoot: Oily Skin


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1 Class Introduction Duration:05:49
2 Analyzing the Face Duration:14:48
3 Light and Skin Duration:10:34
4 Science of Light Duration:10:09
5 Direction of Light Duration:14:39
6 Fill Light Duration:12:19
10 Round Face Considerations Duration:09:55
11 Shoot: Round Face Duration:13:23
12 Double Chin Considerations Duration:06:51
13 Shoot: Double Chin Duration:07:07
14 Shoot: Big Forehead Duration:05:17
15 Big Forehead Considerations Duration:06:40
16 Pronounced Nose Considerations Duration:03:56
18 Uneven Features Considerations Duration:02:03
19 Shoot: Uneven Features Duration:01:20
20 Shoot: Large or Small Chin Duration:09:12
22 Shoot: Pronounced Wrinkles Duration:12:23
23 Shoot: Uneven Skin Duration:06:33
24 Oily Skin Considerations Duration:03:17
25 Shoot: Oily Skin Duration:04:41
26 No Curves Considerations Duration:05:18
27 Shoot: No Curves Duration:10:07
29 Shoot: Full Figured Subject Duration:04:29
30 Shoot: Glasses Duration:09:04
31 Balding Considerations Duration:02:27
32 Shoot: Balding Duration:07:10
33 Retouching: Wrinkles Duration:15:27
34 Retouching: Uneven Skin Duration:04:36
36 Retouching: Large Forehead Duration:04:24
37 Retouching: Round Face Duration:07:02
38 Retouching: Oily Skin Duration:02:53

Lesson Info

Shoot: Oily Skin

Ready for you. Did you oil up? Oh yeah. Okay. (laughter) She oiled up for me, okay. So this is enhanced oil for the sake of education. (laughter) Thanks. So let's take a look at that gorgeous oil. Okay. (laughter) Alright. What's the power on that one John? Low? Well I haven't touched it. Okay. That should be still low. Oh man yeah. (chuckles) Looking good. She's a bit shiny. Before blotting it off, because then I can't demo, we're gonna switch our light source. I'm gonna start with this back far ish. I've got a big light source so it'll already be quite soft so we're just gonna bring it back a little bit 'cause this is pretending it's not quite as big. Try this. Maybe in a little. Like there? Sure. So I've got a softer light source. Go all the way? We'll test it. Already though, because it's a little bit bigger and not a specular, see how it spread out the highlights a bit? So it spread it out. Not quite as shiny. Alright John, you wanna bring it in? Bringing it in, br...

inging it in. And turn towards that just a little bit. Great. And head back towards me. Beautiful. That would've been full power. Was it? We didn't dump this capacity yet. It supposed to dump itself. That's pretty good. So see how the highlight spread out? It's still there but it's softer and it's spread out because it's a bigger reflection so it doesn't look like it's a problem. So if we compare all of this. If you take a look at our first shot. Last one. I mean, it's totally different. So, sometimes it's not just about the big light source being soft and not a specular, it's also about the highlight getting bigger and spreading out so you don't see it as much. Now, next thing just real quick. Hi. (giggles) Would you do me a favor? You're looking a little bit shiny to the camera. (laughter) My forehead. It's gonna be serious. Oh! (laughter) We have paper towels if you want. Just keep going. Ew! Thanks for doing that. (laughter) Like I said, this is baby oil, okay? Alright, I feel alright. Hold on. Thanks. One more. And look back at me. Perfect. And I'll lighten it up just a little bit. So now it's a nice even highlight. Doesn't have the bright specular highlights. No more oily skin. Excellent. Questions? Pete, you have a question right there. Let me get the mic. So quick. Where do you get that HD powder? Where do you find that? Lots of places. They have a HD powder literally at CVS even. If you wanna be fancy, MAC. Any makeup brand has an HD powder. Hi. During the uneven skin portion you were mentioning the X-Rite Passport ColorChecker, do you use that to set white balance in camera or in post? Good question. You can actually set it in camera if you wanted to but I do it in post. And as relevant to that, for right now I'm shooting all Profoto. Shooting Profoto D1 Air 500 watts if anyone's like what is this gear. I know that the white balance I like my camera preset closest as the little flash, the little lightning bolt one, is closest that it's real close to accurate. But if I want it perfectly accurate, then I take a picture of that ColorChecker.

Class Description

Photographers are tasked with flattering every subject that steps in front of their lens. Typically, those subjects are everyday people, not professional models. This can mean working with some challenging features along with varying degrees of confidence. Canon Explorer of Light and well-known fashion photographer Lindsay Adler walks through understanding the face and body as well as the photographic tools available to you make your clients best side shine. These features could range from a pronounced nose, large forehead, glasses, asymmetrical features, or defined wrinkles. In this course Lindsay will walk you through: 

  • How to analyze a face and draw attention to the strengths within it 
  • Posing and lighting techniques for challenging facial features 
  • Posing and lighting techniques for the skin and body 
  • Retouching tips for skin, glasses or discolored teeth 
This course will cover many challenging features and show you how posing, camera angles, lens choice and lighting can work together to help you have confidence in every shoot.


Sharma Shari

This class was amazing! It was great seeing a demo class with real people. As a wedding photographer that specializes in offbeat/non traditional couples, it is always good to see how I can enhance all my clients beautiful features, and make them feel their best and confident when I am taking their photos!

a Creativelive Student

I was so excited to get the chance to learn from Lindsay live, and this course did not disappoint! The techniques she shared were insightful and straightforward. I felt like seeing them on different subjects throughout the day really helped to cement the concepts and grow my photography tools to bring out the best in those I'm photographing. I'm not a studio photographer, but the ideas apply in natural light as well.

maria manolaros

Great class! Impressive amount of tips on posing, lighting and photoshop techniques , a real good no nonsense approach by superb teacher. Numerous amounts of thumbs ups